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Hand carving

Calling all carvers

Nativity scenes, folksy figurines, Celtic calligraphy motifs—these handmade creations and more come from the woodcarving group at Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Avenue South. Experienced and beginning woodcarvers are welcome on Wednesdays, 9 – 11 a.m. While the meeting is free, participants provide their own wood and carving tools.

Share tips, ask for advice and maybe learn something new. Woodcarving is a relaxing hobby that is even more enjoyable as a group. Many of the regulars have been whittling wood for years. They come to Creekside for the creative comradery.

A wooden spoon or snake makes a good starter piece. Just get a chunk of basswood and a pattern, then carve. Projects can take hours or months to complete.

Woodcarving passes the time and can produce items of remarkable utilitarian beauty. The age-old process dates back to Viking times. “The winters were long and they had to have something to get them through it,” Woodcarving group member Leonard Kampa said.

The joy of woodcarving can fill your days any time of year. The woodcarving group meets year-round. For information, call Creekside at 952-563-4944.